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Despite the Democrat and Republican candidates near silence on the issue, climate change is happening, the impacts are getting more severe, and it’s not something we can choose to ignore.
Join us online Sunday to hear how Jill Stein’s Green New Deal would curb climate change and transition the United States to a sustainable economy.
Here’s how to participate in the event:
•Click here on Sunday 9/30 at 4pmPST/7pmEST. (Yes, it’s that easy!)
•Host a house party! (Of course, this is optional, but we’d be grateful if you chose to!) Have a little BBQ with neighbors and friends and watch the event together. If you and your guests are impressed with what you learn about the vision of the campaign, collect donations to help that dream become reality!
•Join the conversation online! Use the hashtag #ClimateTownHall to share your thoughts and questions with us on Twitter. Post comments on our Facebook wall, as well as your own (be sure to tag our page).
Have a question you’d like Jill to answer? You can submit questions both before and during the event in the following ways:
•Tweet your question using the hashtag #ClimateTownHall
•Post your question on our Facebook wall. (Please still tag it #ClimateTownHall, so we know it’s related to this event.)
•Share your question with us on Google+ (again, using the hashtag above).
•Submit your question during the event on LiveStream.
And, here’s how to help us demand action now!
This event is just one part of an entire day of action. The Green Party is urging local supporters to organize events (or issue a release) in your community to highlight our demand that the US take action now on climate change. The Green Party of NY has drafted a Green Climate Change Model Media Release and Green Climate Change Action Plan you can use for local releases, news conferences, and media events.
The Republicans are climate change deniers, the Democrats are climate change evaders. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
•Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein
•Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man, Green Party Candidate for Congress, will moderate the event
•Bill McKibben, author and climate change expert, will offer scientific, non-partisan background on the issue
More at the linkDespite the Democrat and Republican candidates near silence on the issue, climate... more
It's going to take more than fist pumping and balloons to make the changes we need to see in this country.
You can check the link to find out where and on what cable station you can watch Bill Moyers.
Always good to see Bernie Sanders. He is really the only member of Congress truly speaking for us. Good to see Dr. Stein and Cheri Honkala getting some media attention as well. They speak my heart, they address the real issues we need to address now and they have my vote. We can't and won't change this system unless we are part of it in standing up to the dysfunctional relationship between Wall Street and the two party system without fear. It is time.It's going to take more than fist pumping and balloons to make the changes we... more
Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkola discussing real issues with Amy Goodman (who was actually cordial to her unlike Jennifer Granholm) on Democracy Now! prior to receiving the nomination of the Green Party for president. She speaks of a Green New Deal, poverty, unemployment, foreclosures, student debt, Wall Street, Medicare for all, climate change, Citizens United and other real issues not discussed by the moneyed status quo candidates in this campaign whose only focus is money, ego, mudslinging, winning at any cost and making you afraid of speaking your mind and working for that real change.
I like what Dr. Stein proposes (especially the Green New Deal which is modeled on FDR's New Deal) and I know it is achievable. And while she may well not have any chance of winning this election it is way past time for Americans to get up out of their chairs and let their voices be heard. She is exactly right about the Poltics of Fear and the need to now bring a new era of the Politics of Courage.
We need inspiration, excitement, courage, boldness and action. We need to know our votes truly matter and that the person we are voting FOR truly has our best interests at heart. The status quo does not as we have seen time and time again. We all know it, but we continue to live in fear of really doing something about it. Change will never come if we continue to make excuses for why we say we should move while remaining motionless.
It is also blatantly undemocratc to not allow others in our country running for the highest office to not be heard in debates (whether we agree with them or not) especially if they are focusing on the issues that truly matter to all Americans instead of the status quo soundbites.
Not only this country but humanity as a whole is at a crossroads. We need leaders willing to take this on not only fron a political standpoint but a moral one. Change will come, but only if we make it happen. I say, if not now, when? Dr. Stein has my vote.Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkola discussing real issues with Amy Goodman (who was... more
A new energy economy is on the horizon.
As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging. The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced by one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy. Despite the global economic crisis, this energy transition is moving at a pace and on a scale that we could not have imagined even two years ago. And it is a worldwide phenomenon.
Consider Texas. Long the leading U.S. oil-producing state, it is now also the leading generator of electricity from wind, having overtaken California in 2006. Texas now has 9,700 megawatts of wind generating capacity online, 370 more in the construction stage, and a huge amount in the development stage. When all of these wind farms are completed, Texas will have 53,000 megawatts of wind generating capacity -- the equivalent of 53 coal-fired power plants. This will more than satisfy the residential needs of the state’s 25 million people, enabling Texas to export electricity, just as it has long exported oil.
Texas is not alone. In South Dakota, a wind-rich, sparsely populated state, development has begun on a vast 5,050-megawatt wind farm (1 megawatt of wind capacity supplies 300 U.S. homes) that when completed will produce nearly five times as much electricity as the 810,000 people living in the state need. Altogether, some 10 states in the United States, most of them in the Greatt Plains, and several Canadian provinces are planning to export wind energy.
Across the Atlantic, the government of Scotland is negotiating with two sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East to invest $7 billion in a grid in the North Sea off its eastern coast. This grid will enable Scotland to develop nearly 60,000 megawatts of off-shore wind generating capacity, close to the 85,000 megawatts of current electrical generating capacity for the United Kingdom.
We are witnessing an embrace of renewable energy on a scale we’ve never seen for fossil fuels or nuclear power. And not only in industrial countries. Algeria, which knows it will not be exporting oil forever, is planning to build 6,000 megawatts of solar thermal generating capacity for export to Europe via undersea cable. The Algerians note that they have enough harnessable solar energy in their vast desert to power the entire world economy. This is not a mathematical error. A similarly remarkable fact is that the sunlight striking the earth in just one hour is enough to power the world economy for one year.
Turkey, which now has 41,000 megawatts of total electrical generating capacity, issued a request for proposals in 2007 to build wind farms. It received bids from both domestic and international wind development firms to build a staggering 78,000 megawatts of wind generating capacity. Having selected some 7,000 megawatts of the most promising proposals, the government is now issuing construction permits.
In mid-2008, Indonesia -- a country with 128 active volcanoes and therefore rich in geothermal energy -- announced that it would develop 6,900 megawatts of geothermal generating capacity, with Pertamina, the state oil company, responsible for developing the lion’s share. Indonesia’s oil production has been declining for the last decade, and in each of the last five years the country has been an oil importer. As Pertamina shifts resources from oil into the development of geothermal energy, it could become the first oil company -- state-owned or independent -- to make the transition from oil to renewable energy.
These are only a few of the visionary initiatives to tap the earth’s renewable energy. The resources are vast. In the United States, three states -- North Dakota, Kansas, and Texas -- have enough harnessable wind energy to run the entire economy. In China, wind will likely become the dominant power source. Indonesia could one day get all its power from geothermal energy alone. Europe will be powered largely by wind farms in the North Sea and solar thermal power plants in the North African desert.
The goals for developing renewable sources of energy by 2020 that are laid out in my book, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, are based not on what is conventionally believed to be politically feasible but on what I think is needed. This is not Plan A, business as usual. This is Plan B -- a wartime mobilization, an all-out response that is designed to avoid destabilizing economic and political stresses that will come with unmanageable climate change.
snip Just as the communications and information economies have changed beyond recognition over the past two decades, so too will the energy economy over the next decade.
There is one outstanding difference. Whereas the restructuring of the information economy was shaped only by advancing technology and market forces, the restructuring of the energy economy will be driven also by the realization that the fate of civilization may depend not only on doing so, but on doing it at wartime speed.
Adapted from Chapter 5, “Stabilizing Climate: Shifting to Renewable Energy,” in Lester R. Brown, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.A new energy economy is on the horizon.
As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil... more
So what does it actually mean to have the "biggest demonstration to solve the climate crisis in history"? Why do it? What are we actually doing? What does civil disobedience in this context look like?
..because you really wanna see two shirtless whiteboys, Scott and I get naked and answer these questions and more, talking about how mass-actions led by directly impacted people can help stop global warming and jumpstart our economy with clean energy.
Check out www.capitolclimateaction.org for all the info you could ever want, and a full list of our endorsing organizations and fancypants individuals here: http://www.capitolclimateaction.com/?page_id=9
So what do yall think of escalation? Is the movement ready for it? Is it useful? How is change made?So what does it actually mean to have the "biggest demonstration to solve the... more